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Good Union Jobs Depend on Public Policy

A Message From a Member Leader: Our Vote is Essential

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It has been a tough time.
 I’m worried about my loved ones and for our friends, neighbors, and whole country. It has been an especially tough time for all of us.

We have called legislators, marched in the streets, held vigils honoring the lives of frontline workers and nursing home residents lost to COVID19, and stood together demanding job protections, PPE, and hazard pay. Despite all this, we haven’t gotten the support that we need.

If they haven’t listened so far, they must hear us at the ballot box. On November 3rd and during early voting, we have the chance to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice President of our country. This is a ticket that supports making it easier for folks to join a Union, a $15 minimum wage, standing up for racial justice, and taking on big companies that don’t respect workers.

Early voting is ongoing now in each county in Ohio. You can view early voting locations and hours onlineYou can also vote by mail and I’m telling all of my friends to send back their ballot as soon as possible.

I’m making my action plan. I want every elected leader to know that we will be speaking out on Election Day. Visit MyVoteIsEssential.org to do the same! Our vote is essential. Visit MyVoteIsEssential.org and join with me. 

In Solidarity, 

Carol Ford – Ohio Healthcare Worker
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Take Action & Share Your Support for the Cuyahoga County Library Levy

 

Register to Vote Online Today

The deadline to register to vote is quickly approaching but you can still update your voter registration or register to vote online in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. If you are not registered to vote, register right away so that you can be a part of this important election.

Kentucky Online Voter Registration (Deadline: October 5th)
West Virginia Online Voter Registration (Deadline: October 13th)
Ohio Online Voter Registration (Deadline: October 5th)

If you are registered to vote or after you register to vote, consider voting by mail. Together, we have the power to win unions for all. Register to vote today.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Members of SEIU District 1199 to Peacefully Protest Before the Presidential Debate in Cleveland in Support of Vice President Joe Biden and Unions for All

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Union members will peacefully hold signs and chant is support of Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and a Unions for All agenda. Workers in Cleveland say that this is one of the most important presidential elections in recent history and that good union jobs, racial justice, healthcare coverage, and a $15 an hour minimum wage, are on the ballot.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 28th, 2020.
Contact: Anthony Caldwell at (877) 419-7348.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Union members from all backgrounds will demonstrate in advance of the presidential debate that will be held in Cleveland this evening on Tuesday, September 29th at 9 PM ET. Local workers will stand together from 5 PM to 7 PM in advance of the debate around 89th and Chester Avenue. Workers will draw attention to their support for Vice President Joe Biden and the importance of his agenda in support of working people and their families.

“There are so many special interests, major corporations, and wealthy donors. The rules have been rigged against working people for too long. It is important that we make our voices heard, especially with President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden visiting Cleveland,” said Carol Ford, a Member Vice President and healthcare worker with SEIU District 1199. “We need greater unity as a country, for there to be more good union jobs, and an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, so that all working people can make a living wage for their hard work,” continued Ford.   

With the election fast approaching, members with SEIU District 1199 have been vigorously helping other workers and their family members register to vote, in addition to sharing details on policy issues and how to request an absentee ballot. In Ohio, voters will have less than a week remaining to register to vote following the presidential debate.

“People in Cleveland know how important it is that no matter how much money we make or what we look like, that people across the country have to come together again,” said Samara Knight, an Executive Vice President with SEIU District 1199.” There has been too much division and working people across Ohio and the country are supporting Vice President Joe Biden because they know he will bring unity and help implement policies that support working people and the good union jobs that our communities need.”

Write a Letter – Stand with the Union Nurses at the Stillwater Center in Dayton, Ohio

 

Men United to the Polls in Cleveland

What: A Family Event for Early Voting and Solidarity
When: Saturday, October 24th at 11 AM
Where: Meet on 30th and Chester at 10 AM at 2701 Chester Avenue. Parking Available on Side Street. 

Family Members Welcome! This is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. We are voting this year for our families and our country. Together, we will make our voices heard.

Men United to the Polls in Cleveland

What: A Family Event for Early Voting and Solidarity
When: Saturday, October 24th at 11 AM
Where: Meet on 30th and Chester at 10 AM at 2701 Chester Avenue. Parking Available on Side Street. 

Family Members Welcome! This is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. We are voting this year for our families and our country. Together, we will make our voices heard.

Unity Early Vote March in Cleveland

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What: Early Vote Unity and Solidarity March to the Board of Elections 
When: Tuesday, October 6th at 11 AM
Where: Meet on 30th and Chester at 10 AM at 2701 Chester Avenue. Parking Available on Side Street. 

This is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. We are voting this year for our families and our country. Together, we will make our voices heard. 

Unions for All Protest in Cleveland

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris believe in Unions for All and want to make this country safe, free, and fair for all people – regardless of the color of our skin or how much money we have.

What: Unions for All Presidential Debate Protest in Cleveland, Ohio.
When: Tuesday, September 29th. Meet at Union Hall by 1PM. Depart at 2PM.
Where: SEIU Union Hall at 13000 Shaker Boulevard. Travel to event via RTA. 

Vice President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will stand up for good union jobs, the healthcare coverage we need, a $15 an hour minimum wage, and racial justice. 

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Register to Vote Online Today

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Update your voter registration or register to vote online in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. If you’re not registered to vote, register so that you can be part of the most important election in our lifetimes.

• Kentucky Online Voter Registration
• West Virginia Online Voter Registration
 Ohio Online Voter Registration 

If you’re registered to vote or after you register to vote, consider voting by mail. Get details on requesting an absentee ballot, working as a poll worker, and more through this online 2020 election center for members.

Together, we have the power to win unions for all. Register today

National Assisted Living Week: A Message From President Becky Williams

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As you may know, this week is known as National Assisted Living Week. I want to take this chance to recognize all of you and this very important work.

Members who work at assisted living facilities help individuals maintain their dignity and independence as they age. I know that things have been particularly difficult for members this year and assisted living residents due to the COVID19 pandemic. Thank you for the work that you do each day.

Together, we will continue to speak out for safe jobs with fair wages and benefits, in addition to quality care.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Standing Together for Nursing Home Safety and Unions for All

Nursing home members with SEIU District 1199 of all backgrounds have worked bravely across West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, during the current pandemic. Members have faced hazardous conditions while providing health care services and support on behalf of long-term care residents.

Last week, a new study was released by a journal called Health Affairs about nursing homes, labor unions, and COVID19. The study found that at nursing homes where workers had a Union in New York State, COVID19 infection and fatality rates were significantly lower than at non-Union facilities. The study concluded that this is likely because “health care worker unionization may play an important role in ensuring access to appropriate PPE and implementing infection control policies that protect vulnerable nursing home residents.”

Members can contact elected officials online about the need for greater availability of personal protective equipment, the importance of a nursing home worker bill of rights, and the Heroes Act, which would guarantee hazard pay for frontline workers. Together, we will continue to speak out for priorities important to nursing home workers and for elected leaders to protect all workers.

In Solidarity, 

Becky Williams  President 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Nursing Home Workers Need Unions for All

Complete the 2020 Census Today

2020 SEIU District 1199 Election Results

The results of the Executive Board and Officer Contested Elections, By Laws Vote, and Social Justice Steering Committee Vote, including additional vote counts are now available. If there are any questions regarding the results, reach out to Mary Jo Ivan, Election Chairperson, at 877-419-7348. 

 2020 District Officer and Executive Board Elections: Contested Elections
2020 By-Laws and Social Justice Committee Election Results

Power the Polls and Help as a Poll Worker

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As you may know, America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the COVID19 pandemic. Our democracy depends on people from all walks of life who engage in civic participation to make sure that our nation’s elections run smoothly and that the votes of all people are counted.

If you can help with the November election, visit Power the Polls to get details on how to apply and participate. Poll worker positions offer personal protective equipment, paid compensation, and training. If you are a social worker, you may also be able to serve as a poll worker for CEU credit as per the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Together, we will work to ensure a safe, accessible, and fair election. 

In Solidarity, 

Anthony Caldwell – Director of Public Affairs
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Stand With the Healthcare Heroes of Cabell Huntington Hospital

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The nurses and technical workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital are heroes who serve our community every day, providing vital health care services on behalf of working people, individuals, and families from across our region. 

These workers are currently negotiating with Cabell Huntington Hospital for a fair contract that protects health and safety through better staffing, while ensuring fair wages and benefits for themselves and their families. Below are some ways that you can support these workers in their contract campaign now: 

Write to Elected Officials. Submit a letter of support to your elected officials. Let your representatives know that you support the nurses and technical workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital as they stand together for a fair contract. Submit your name and a support letter here

Write a Letter to the Editor. Send a letter to the editor and share your support with the public. Visit this page for details on submitting a letter to the editor.

Tweet Your Support. Share your support on Twitter with messages of solidarity. 

Support Petition. Submit your name in support of Huntington’s hospital heroes. Sign the support petition here

Together, the workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital are united for good jobs and quality care.

In Solidarity, 

Joyce Gibson – Regional Director 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

CEU Credit Opportunity for Social Workers

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Social workers play a critical role in Ohio’s health care and social service system. With the current pandemic, there is an urgent need for additional poll workers. Social workers are now able to earn Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) if they serve as poll workers in November. 

A county elections board must fill out some basic paperwork, note if there are any breaks during the training to work at the polls, and provide an agenda to offer this benefit. We understand that elections boards for Tuscawaras County, Belmont County, Guernsey County, and Clark County, have already decided to participate. 

Ifeolu Claytor (ifeolu@allvotingislocal.org) with All Voting is Local is coordinating with the elections boards and National Association of Social Workers in this area. As a social worker, you can contact your local elections board and ask them to offer this benefit and forward details to Ifeolu Clayto. As more counties confirm this opportunity, details will also be forwarded by All Voting is Local to the NASW. 

Having a safe and fair election is very important. We will be sure to share additional details as they become available. 

In Solidarity, 

Joshua Norris – Executive Vice President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH